Andrew Scheer, M.P. for Regina Qu’Appelle, has been elected the new leader of the federal Conservatives — by 51 per cent of the vote, barely edging out Quebec’s Maxime Bernier Saturday night.
The 38-year-old’s new title was made official at the Conservative leadership convention in Toronto.
In his acceptance speech, Sheer touched on a number of things he plans to campaign on — like shutting down the future carbon tax, cutting taxes, and investing more in the private sector.
The former Speaker in the House of Commons and Conservative House Leader also shared his thoughts on Canadian security.
“I believe that radical Islamic terrorism is a threat to every single Canadian,” said Sheer over applause. “I will recommit our air force to the fight against ISIS.”
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Premier Brad Wall issued a statement Saturday night saying he was “very happy to see Andrew Scheer’s dramatic win” and that he knows Sheer will be “a strong Conservative voice in Ottawa.”
Wall was also pleased to hear Sheer had a clear stance against the federal carbon tax in his acceptance speech.
“The Liberal carbon tax is nothing more than a tax grab; I will repeal it,” Sheer told his audience during his speech.
He will now lead the party into the next federal election in 2019 as the Conservatives try to win back power from the Liberals after the last election, which resulted in then-leader Stephen Harper stepping down.
Sheer is the first Conservative leader from Saskatchewan since John Diefenbaker.